Sarah Edmondson to serve parole in Oklahoma

Sarah Edmondson, the daughter of an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice and niece of the state attorney general, is released from a Louisiana prison where she has been since 1998 for her part in a 1995 crime spree.

BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: May 20, 2010 at 9:01 am •  Published: May 20, 2010
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The daughter of an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice has been released on parole after serving more than 11 years in prison for a deadly 1995 crime spree labeled as a copy of the violent movie, "Natural Born Killers.”

Parole for Sarah Edmondson, originally from Muskogee, will be supervised in Oklahoma, said Pam Laborde, communication director of the Louisiana Department of Correction. Her parole is to end June 1, 2025.

She checked in with Oklahoma Department of Correction authorities on Monday.

Sarah Edmondson, 33, left the Louisiana Institute for Women in St. Gabriel on Friday after being there since November 1998, Laborde said. She served a little over a third of a 30-year sentence.

She is the daughter of Justice James Edmondson and niece of Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

Justice Edmondson did not immediately return calls Wednesday seeking comment for this story. Drew Edmondson declined to comment.

Sarah Edmondson and her then-boyfriend, Benjamin Darras, of Tahlequah, were 18 when they went on a violent Southern crime spree. Darras shot and killed businessman William Savage in Mississippi and Edmondson wounded store clerk Patsy Byers in Louisiana.

Byers, 38, was paralyzed. She died of cancer in November 1997, a day before she was scheduled to videotape her testimony against Edmondson.

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